We have come to the time when people spend more time updating their whereabouts, learning about what’s happening in the world, interacting with people of same interests. All these have become possible using social media websites.

Social networking sites have evolved from simply being tools for communication and sharing interests to those utilized by professionals in reaching out to people in need of their service or help.

Social Media WebsitesAmong the professionals strongly utilizing social media websites in their working lives are professors and teachers. Educators these days  mainstream channels such as facebook, twitter and youtube in providing a better learning experience to their students.

Aside from these popular social media websites, below are other sites considered to be helpful and beneficial for educators around the globe in doing their jobs which is mainly to educate students.

*Facebook 

With a big number of facebook users, this social media website has topped the most ulitized website from all walks of life. In addition, majority of students and their parents are probably already in facebook which would be easier for educators to use in any educational activities they have in mind.

Just recently, facebook released their own sponsored facebook for educators and community leaders wherein adults can help the youth in making safe, smart and responsible choices throughout the online world.

*Twitter

Similar with facebook, twitter for educators is being used as an avenue for professors and teachers to reach out to their students. When there are important announcements or news that should be made pretty quickly, twitter is a must-use in times like these. Students often go to places they need and want to be with their mobile phones around so such situation won’t be difficult to do.

*Youtube

Youtube visitors not only consist of those on the look out for entertaining videos. Some search for educational videos to use in classroom discussions and presentations.

Most universities use this website in posting videos of seminars and forums held in their respective schools if not for exposure, possibly for archiving purposes. Example of a university doing so is CGU School of Educational Studies.

Youtube had allot a section in their site wherein collection of educational videos for primary & secondary education, university, lifelong learning and various subjects are found. Educators are also invited to join Youtube School to educate, engage and inspire their students with video.

Pinterest

From a mere pinboard style photo-sharing website, pinterest had turned into an educational site highly utilized mostly by people fond of everything about art, fashion, food, etc. Tutorials, how-to’s and tips can also be found in this website.

EduClipper owned by Adam Bellow launched eduTecher back in 2007. When he learned about the rise of new generation of community curation tools like pinterest, he decided to leverage the increasing popularity of the site of crowdsourced curation to take his site to the next level. He changed his site how pinterest looks allowing students to locate and publicly broadcast the best learning resources.

Classroom 2.0

Mainly a social network for those in the knack of web 2.0, social media and participative technologies in the classroom, Classroom 2.0 is highly recommended for educational resources and social interaction among educators. It is free to use like the other social media websites discussed above.

With the demand of more tailored learning experience and technology playing a big role in the lives of students today, educators can’t help but change the way they do their work even if they must use these social media websites. Fortunately, these social networking sites prove to be helpful and effective in student engagement and motivation.

Jennifer Joplinn is a Principal Research Associate at https://help.plagtracker.com/. She mostly spend her time online, exposing herself to latest news in the field of education. Writing and education are two of the most important for her. She can’t imagine a world without these two.